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The Best 2020 Winter / Christmas Events Around Fresno

Red-Christmas-OrnamentIf you’re looking for fun and different winter or Christmas events, there are plenty around the Fresno area. Getting prepared for the holidays looks a little different this year, but there's so many ways to celebrate. Here’s a look at just a few of the things you can enjoy without venturing too far afield! If you're looking to get out of the area, check out some of our best winter getaways near Fresno!

Christmas Tree Lane

December 1-25, 2020

Sunday-Thursday: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Friday-Saturday: 6:00pm-11:00pm

N Van Ness Blvd between Shields Ave and Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA

Fresno’s Christmas Tree Lane is a Fresno tradition going back 97 years. Each December, North Van Ness Boulevard in Fig Garden becomes a one-way street lined with hundreds of trees and homes all decked-out for the holidays. Visitors can drive the 2-mile stretch from Shields to Shaw all the way until Christmas Day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no walk nights this year, but visitors can still drive through the street!


November 27-December 30, 2020


894 West Belmont Avenue, Fresno, California 93728

ZooLights at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo is an annual event where the entire Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland, fully decorated and strung with miles of holiday lights! Enjoy live entertainment, festive treats and beverages for both adults and children, holographic glasses for purchase and free socially distant photos with Santa Claus. Click here for a complete list of dates, performers and ticket information.

Virtual Santa Photos

November 21-December 28, 2020

Appointments available

River Park Shopping Center, 71 E Via la Plata, Fresno, CA

Santa won't be in a box or disappear altogether this year! Holiday Magic Studios will be setting up Santa's Workshop in the River Park Shopping plaza for virtual photos with Santa. After a special video message from Santa, your family has a  5-minute private appointment to take holiday photos, where Santa will be added in digitally. You will be able to access your photos instantly on your phone and computer! Visit the website for booking details.

Drive-Thru Brunch with Santa

December 13, 2020


International Agri-Center, 4500 South Laspina Street, Tulare, CA

Brunch with Santa will include pancakes, bacon, and milk. All food will be individually packaged and ready to-go when your family arrives! Pick up a take-and-make project at the craft station. Wave to Santa as you drive through for a picture. Stop at the Christmas snack station for a special treat! Tickets are free, but limited to 6 six tickets per family. Limited tickets are available. Tickets will be available for order starting Saturday, November 28.

91st Annual Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade

December 12, 2020


Downtown Fresno, Fulton Street, Fresno, CA

Santa and parade participants will be parked as YOU drive through! Spectators can view the entire parade safely from their vehicles. The theme for this year is A Night at the Drive-in, so don't forget your popcorn as you drive through the participant's holiday movie-themed spaces.  Downtown Fresno will be filled with all the sights and sounds of Christmas! 

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